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Stalag 17 (Full Screen)
Stalag 17 (Full Screen)
DVD ~ William Holden
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holden's best, May 26 2004
This review is from: Stalag 17 (Full Screen) (DVD)
I can't even think of words to describe how much I love this film; it's one of those rarities that combine suspense with humor in a way that is incredibly rare in films, and when you find it, stays with you. Every performance is a gem.
One question--is the dvd widescreen, or available that way? Thanks.

A Life Less Ordinary (Bilingual)
A Life Less Ordinary (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Cameron Diaz
Price: CDN$ 9.85

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5.0 out of 5 stars somewhere beyond the sea....., Jan. 12 2004
As close to magical realism as American cinema can get....a fairly flawless film. One of Ewan's most endearing (i.e. bumbling) roles.

Coupling: Complete Seasons 1 and 2
Coupling: Complete Seasons 1 and 2
DVD ~ Jack Davenport
Offered by Mr Sparkle
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am in love with Coupling, Jan. 1 2004
This is beyond fabulous. Perfect enough that I find myself making excuses to stay home and watch it in its 10pm Friday night time slot. Beyond raunchy enough that I was terribly embarrassed at making my dad stop channel-flipping to watch an episode when I was visiting my parents last weekend. So universally funny that he laughed more than, and loved it at least as much as, I did. I love poor, awkward Jeff, and all of the delightfully horrific things that come out of his mouth. He's probably the only character on television that I can watch make a total idiot of themselves without cringing, becoming terribly self-conscious, and having to change the channel.

The Muse Asylum
The Muse Asylum
by David Czuchlewski
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars taking barthes at his word, Dec 27 2003
This review is from: The Muse Asylum (Paperback)
This is honestly one of the best five books I've read in the past five years. Fusing elements of Mc Inerney's narrators, the pulling if-you-stop-reading-you-will-be-killed narrative of both Foucault's Pendulum and the stunning House of Leaves, as well as inside moments that only grad students in literature can possibly appreciate, this book is the perfect taco. Super suspenseful, scary, and beyond smart. I just can't say enough in praise of it.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fifth Season (6 Discs) (Bilingual) [Import]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fifth Season (6 Discs) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar
Offered by True Blue Vintage
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5.0 out of 5 stars best season EVER!!!!, Nov. 16 2003
I know a lot of people hate Glory, but she is my favorite buffy villain ever. After season four, with the grossness that was Riley Finn, I was seriously considering abandoning the show. But season five, despite the existence of Dawn, was a showcase for so many great characters, character developments, and plots. Anya is very likely my favorite character, and I loved the fleshing out she got this season. Out of everyone's reactions to Joycie's death, hers was by far and away the most heartbreaking. The greatest buffy moment ever was, and will always be for me, Spike telling Glory off under torture: "God of what? Bad home perms?"

by Elie Wiesel
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars overrated by tacky people, Nov. 4 2003
This review is from: Night (Paperback)
Read Sara Nomberg's "Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land"--I dare you not to be shattered. Then try to find any value whatsoever in Wiesel.

Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land
Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land
by Sara Nomberg-Przytyk
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars makes "night" look like a trip to disneyland, Nov. 4 2003
This book blew my breath away. I've read way too many holocaust memoirs, and this is most powerful one in existence (Maus a close second, but for very different reasons, dealing w/ before and after). I'm not sure if it is because of the female narrator and experience, but this pulls you in way too far, and it's a wrenching experience. And it's not necessarily a well-written book, she recycles the same three or four metaphors over and over again, but it doesn't undermine the narrative. No one should be allowed to be human until they've read this.

The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classical Modernity
The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classical Modernity
by Detlev J. K. Peukert
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars scholarly to the point of unreadability, Nov. 1 2003
Unless you are doing graduate-level work on the Weimar era (which I am), stay far away from this book as an intro. It is not for the timid reader. I'm trying to get my hands on the original German edition, but whether it is the writing or the translation, Peukert's book reads as if it were authored by the illegitimate, illiterate love-child of James Joyce and Henry James. Contentwise, it has very little to do with the popular perception of "Weimar Culture;" for that, check out Peter Gay. This book deals primarily with social and economic conditions, and hardly ever mentions politics, and even more rarely, art. If you like charts and graphs and figures though, this is full of them. That said, this is the preeminent book on Weimar Germany. It helps to have a philosophy degree to read it, though. Anthony Heilbut's excellent Exiles in Paradise is more than worth checking out if you're interested in the mass emigration of German artists and intellectuals to the US.

Hollywood Gays: Conversations With: Cary Grant, Liberace, Tony Perkins, Paul Lynde, Cesar Romero, Randolph Scott...
Hollywood Gays: Conversations With: Cary Grant, Liberace, Tony Perkins, Paul Lynde, Cesar Romero, Randolph Scott...
by Boze Hadleigh
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars au contraire, March 19 2003
Many reviewers seem quite upset by Grant's "out-ing," but if he wasn't at least bisexual, then PLEASE let me know why he lived with Randolph Scott--rather than his wives--throughout all five of his marriages (Only one of which lasted more than 5 years). He shared a house with his (male) lover fom 1933, a year before his first marriage, until his death in 1986--most straight pairings don't last that long--his didn't! And, while you're at it, explain photos of the two topless men hanging all over each other by their swimming pool. Being gay was as much of a career-booster as being communist in his Hollywood. There's a reason the man has two Oscars....and why Mr. Blandings was so very insistent on having so many closets in his Dream House.

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1.0 out of 5 stars woefully disappointing, Oct. 10 2002
This review is from: South (Audio CD)
I thought I could depend on Heather Nova. Oyster and Siren are absolutely always in my 5-disc changer, singly or together. Her incredibly true lyrics and ethereal voice deceived me into believing that Heather Nova could do no wrong. Well, now she has. If Heather Nova's previous albums had not been so unutterably gorgeous, maybe I wouldn't regard South as a betrayal. She got lazy, poppy, and boring. All of the emotion is drained from her voice; it's like she's pulling Mariah-Carey-tricks. Just one standout song would have been enough to keep me happy, even if the rest of the disc fell "Truth and Bone," one "Paper Cup," something true and transportative.

But there just is not one redeeming track on this entire album.

The only thing I am grateful for is that I managed to restrain myself from plunking down $30 for the import.

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